Discipline key to AAK Davao success in int'l karate event

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Friday, January 24, 2014

ASSOCIATION for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) Davao chief Rommel Tan cited discipline as the key factor that brought them success in the recently-concluded 2nd Adidas Adidas International Cup held at the Makati Coliseum.

Tan, guesting at the Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at Calle Cinco Restobar along J.P. Laurel Avenue on Thursday, said their team learned a lot of values during their training camp that was conducted before the tournament.

“The training camp made the athletes value more the relevance of the sport. It prepared them for the competition as they learned new techniques by Sensei Shin Tsukii, a former RP karatedo team coach who is now based in Japan,” he said.


Girls open kumite gold medalist Carmela Marie Estarija of Stella Maris Academy said that she never expected to win in her category because she was shorter than her opponent. Her rigorous training, however, boosted her confidence and made her win the title.

Gabriel Quiñones of Brokenshire College, who pocketed gold in the cadets-57 kilogram kumite, said that he was nervous battling against Indonesia but when he was hit on the neck, “Sakit gyud pagka-igo sa akong liog (It was painful when my neck was hit) but I did not let him defeat me. Fortunately, I won,” he said.

Precious International School of Davao (PISD) bets John Paul Ponce and Julian Ambrose Ramirez, who copped silvers in the two-day karatefest, were proud to have represented the city and their school in the competition.

Ponce said that during the tournament he felt that his worst nightmare did come true. He admitted that he came second in the boys 8-9 kata and kumite events because he was overwhelmed hitting his rival on the head.

“Naluoy ko sa iya (I pity him) that’s why I lost but I could not change the past and I am still proud of myself,” he said.

Ramirez, who got a silver in boys 12-13 kumite, said that he was glad to have fought in the event, adding that he would work hard more to improve and prepare himself in his future competitions.

Other AAK Davao winners were Josh Andrew Worsley of St. Paul College who topped the boys 6-7 kumite and bronze medalist Jamaica Quiben of Thompson Christian School in girls 10-11 kumite.

AAK Davao was invited to compete in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next month but Tan said they are l uncertain to participate due to time constraints.

He thanked all the sponsors, especially the parents of the players, for supporting the team.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 24, 2014.


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